Presentation to the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington

I had the great pleasure of being invited to the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington on January 8th to speak about libraries.  I had such a wonderful time and absolutely loved the club. I am many years away from retirement, but I want to join the club as soon as I do retire! Here is a description of the presentation and the slides:

With the rise of the internet, the recent popularity of e-books and the prevalence of smartphones in today’s society, are the days of the public library numbered? Absolutely not, according to Ryan Livergood, Director of Libraries for the Town of Arlington and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Library Association. Libraries are busier than ever, and Ryan believes the public library has never been more vital to the community it serves. Ryan will tell the story of how today’s 21st century library is different from the library of the 20th century, and the stories of individuals that are using today’s libraries to improve their lives. He will also discuss how the story of today’s library parallels the story of the rapidly changing world we live in today…how not just libraries, but all organizations, will have to adapt to meet the changing habits and needs of the individuals we serve.



Hi, I’m Ryan Livergood. I am the Executive Director of the Warren-Newport Public Library. I was previously the Director of Libraries in Arlington, Massachusetts, Assistant Director of the Dover Town Library in Dover, Massachusetts (a Library Journal finalist for “Best Small Library in America”), and I got my start in public librarianship with the Miami-Dade Public Library System. I also spent time in the Library Automation field with Sirsi Corporation (now SirsiDynix). Other positions I have had include teaching English in China and serving in the Peace Corps. I received my MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My wonderful family consists of the best wife on the planet, my two young sons, and a mostly lovable cat. I love sports, especially college basketball and football. I also love to travel, watch great films, and enjoy amazing meals with a nice glass of red wine or a craft beer. Oh, I love reading too, but I’m a librarian, so you kind of knew that already, right?

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